Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
The College is committed to providing a work and educational environment free of sexual harassment.
Any form of sexual harassment that creates an offensive or hostile working environment or in which an employee demands sexual considerations in exchange for job benefits, grades, or other educational benefits will not be tolerated. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature is considered sexual harassment.
Conduct includes but is not limited to:
- sexual jokes, innuendo, flirtation, touching, advances, or propositions
- verbal abuse of a sexual nature
- graphic or suggestive comments about an individual’s dress or body
- sexually explicit remarks to describe an individual
- display in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, including nude photographs
Any employee or student who believes he or she has been or is being sexually harassed should follow the complaint procedure in the appropriate handbook (Student Handbook or Personnel Handbook) and immediately report the facts of the incident, including the names of the individual(s) involved.
Sexual Conduct Policy
The College is committed to providing a learning environment free of all forms of abuse, assault, harassment, and coercive conduct, including sexual misconduct.
Sexual misconduct which includes sexual assault is a serious offense.
The College encourages students to report sexual assault promptly to Hawkeye Community College Public Safety and the appropriate law enforcement agency.
The College does not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form.
Sexually abusive behavior within the College community is harmful to both the learning environment and the sense of community the College is trying to foster among students, faculty, and staff.
All members of the College community have an obligation to act responsibly in the realm of sexuality. This includes accepting personal responsibility for choices made about alcohol and drug consumption which might lead to behavior which violates another person. Additionally, all members of the College community have the responsibility to recognize and challenge any sexual misconduct.
The purpose of this policy is to encourage students to:
- take responsibility for their behavior,
- ensure compliance with applicable College, state and federal regulations,
- fairly discipline and sanction behavior that is inconsistent with College policies, and
- educate students about implications and consequences of their behavior.
Students are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards of honesty and respect for others.
College students, often away from home for the first time, may be unsure of how to handle situations such as rapidly expanding social circles and a lack of parental restrictions.
In the context of intimate relationships, the use of alcohol or other drugs can blur the distinction between consent and manipulation. Non-stranger (date/acquaintance) rape happens most frequently at or after parties. Real or perceived power differentials between individuals also may create an atmosphere of coercion that can significantly impair the ability to consent. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not an excuse under these procedures.
The College provides ample resources to students and employees regarding education and treatment programs for the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and other forcible and non-forcible sexual offenses. These resources include Seeds of Hope, Peoples Community Health Clinic, and Cedar Valley Friends of the Family.
If Sexual Misconduct Occurs
If sexual misconduct occurs, many victims do not know where to turn for help or what steps to take after an assault has been committed. Although the choices about which options to explore rest solely with the affected student, the College encourages students to take the following actions:
Get to a safe place as soon as possible.
Contact the Waterloo Police Department (911) and Public Safety from any campus phone. Public Safety personnel are available upon request for assistance.
Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. Every attempt will be made to keep the student free from any suggestion that he/she is responsible or was “contributorily negligent” or assumed the risk of being a victim of sexual misconduct.
Victims of sexual misconduct are strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical attention at an area hospital or medical clinic. If the victim wishes, he/she will be assisted in seeking prompt medical attention.
If at all possible, the victim should not change clothes, shower, bathe, douche, or urinate. Emergency room personnel are trained to check for injuries, as well as collect physical evidence. It is important to preserve evidence as it may be necessary for the proof of criminal sexual misconduct should you decide to pursue charges through the Waterloo Police Department or other relevant law enforcement authority.
Hospital personnel are obligated to contact proper authorities regarding the assault. Although not obligated to do so, victims of sexual misconduct are highly encouraged to take advantage of victim’s services to help them understand their options for off-campus proceedings and to receive counseling specific to their needs.
The College will do everything possible to provide a climate that is sensitive to and respectful and supportive of individual needs. The student will have access to existing campus counseling and support services and, when appropriate, adjustments will be made to academic schedules, etc.
Supporting the victim is of primary consideration, as are exploring options and protecting the individual’s rights. The individual has a right to confidentiality as allowed by law and to determine what options to pursue. Every report of sexual misconduct will be taken seriously and action will be taken as appropriate.
Public Safety and the Student Health Clinic can provide assistance and support.
Procedures for Reporting Sexual Misconduct
Incidents of sexual misconduct are notoriously underreported on college campuses, often because the victims do not recognize their experience as a criminal offense and/or a college violation or their lack of knowledge of and/or discomfort with campus and community resources.
Any student who is sexually assaulted or the victim of any sexual misconduct is encouraged to report the incident formally to one of the following individuals:
- the Dean of Students;
- Director of Public Safety;
- Public Safety Manager;
- Public Safety Officers;
- or any administrator.
Sexual misconduct/assault is a criminal matter. The individuals listed above are required by law to file an official report.
The College strongly encourages a victim of sexual misconduct/assault to make a report to the Waterloo Police Department or other local law enforcement agencies and to speak with a rape crisis or other counselor, on or off campus.
Police officers are trained in handling sexual assault cases. An officer can be dispatched to campus to meet with the person calling, to assist the victim in obtaining medical attention and emotional counseling, and to write a formal report of the incident.
The police report and any supporting evidence are turned over to the appropriate County Attorney's office, which decides whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute.
The College provides a mental health counselor and a nurse at the Student Health Clinic who can keep a sexual assault discussion confidential to the extent allowed by law.
Procedure for Processing Reports of Sexual Misconduct
Reports of sexual misconduct alleging criminal conduct are referred to the Waterloo Police Department or other relevant law enforcement authority for processing.
Reports of non-criminal sexual discrimination/harassment are processed according to the procedure set forth in the Student Handbook and the Personnel Handbook.
Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during any proceedings. Both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the College’s final determination following any proceedings with respect to the alleged sexual discrimination/harassment and of any sanction that is imposed against the accused.
Sanctions the College may impose are detailed in the Student Handbook and the Personnel Handbook.
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